We are Just Money Grubbers

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They do breed in the Balkans, in Montenegro and Greece where I observed them, as well as in Bulgaria and Romania. Although some sub-populations have shown recent increases (including in Greece, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Russia and Turkey), this species’s population is suspected to have decreased rapidly over the last three generations… “Former declines were primarily caused by wetland drainage, shooting and persecution by fishers.

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Birding Sarajevo or the sentimental journey home

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The series of birding workshops and meetings continued across the map, through Ulcinj, Montenegro, then Samobor, Croatia and Stip (described here ), North Macedonia, leading to Brussels, the unofficial capital of EU. Gonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna set my heart at ease …. Gotta take that sentimental journey. Sentimental journey home. Sentimental Journey – Ella Fitzgerald (1947).

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Checking the news

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Interestingly, up to the mid-20th century, they did breed in the mountains of Montenegro, at 1400 m / 4600 ft, before the tourism development of the area, but Belgrade lies in the lowlands (at 70 m / 200 ft). I start my day with a coffee, a strong Turkish coffee without sugar – it is the stuff that makes the chest hair grow, as one UK friend of mine has put it. The next thing is starting the computer to check the news. And the first news web site is… eBird.

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Serbia self-drive birding tour planning

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He made a whirlwind tour of some of the best birding areas in the country, from the Karajukica Bunari peat bog in the extreme southwest (by the border with Montenegro) all the way to the Slano Kopovo Crane Sanctuary in the northeast. This October, a previously unknown name shined in the eBird alerts in Serbia: Raphael Nussbaumer.